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We are aware that our conclusions challenge political leaders and global elites who have campaigned for the traditional economy, expecting science and technology to allow economic growth to be indefinitely sustained.
Prof. Louise Vet, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
There is much talk of redirecting our values and reward systems towards a more sustainable economy whereby we can live well within our planet for more than just a few more years. But the inertia of the ‘brown economy’ cannot be underestimated.
Prof. Michael Norton
The problem is the short-term nature of our political and economic system. I call it the tyranny of the now. So-called wealth is detached from the real wealth of our environment and our well-being. We have even delegated stock market speculation to algorithms and regard that as wealth - even though it has no real value.
Anders Wijkman, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Scientific knowledge of climate change and its drivers has been growing exponentially during the past decades, yet the degradation of nature and continued growth in greenhouse gas emissions has yet to even cease let alone start reversing. We have to ask if just trying to adjust ‘business as usual’ can safeguard our future on this planet.
Prof. Michael Norton, EASAC Environment Programme Director
Decision-makers seem to listen more to vested interests than to science. The science message has been consistent since the 1970s on the finite nature of the planet but been ignored. Incremental emissions reductions - achieved so far - are far from what is needed.
Anders Wijkman, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
The problem is the short-term nature of our political and economic system. I call it the tyranny of the now. So-called wealth is detached from the real wealth of our environment and our well-being. We have even delegated stock market speculation to algorithms and regard that as wealth - even though it has no real value.
Anders Wijkman, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Generation Greta gets it. Our focus should be on well-being and welfare, but our economic system puts all focus on growth and GDP which adds fuel to the climate and biodiversity crises.
Anders Wijkman, Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
We are aware that our conclusions challenge political leaders and global elites who have campaigned for the traditional economy, expecting science and technology to allow economic growth to be indefinitely sustained.
Prof. Louise Vet, Netherlands Institute of Ecology
Hydrogen can help reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. But the climate benefits will be limited, if we use fossil fuels to produce it - even with carbon capture and storage.
William Gillett, Energy Programme Director, EASAC
The EU must stop all subsidies to fossil fuels. The fast growing demand for hydrogen must be met by a massive increase of renewable electricity, together with certified imports from third countries.
William Gillett, Energy Programme Director, EASAC
Even in combination with carbon capture and storage, fossil-fuel based hydrogen still has a significant carbon footprint
William Gillett, Energy Programm Director, EASAC
Hydrogen can help reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. But the climate benefits will be limited, if we use fossil fuels to produce it - even with carbon capture and storage.
William Gillett, Energy Programme Director, EASAC
The EU must stop all subsidies to fossil fuels. The fast growing demand for hydrogen must be met by a massive increase of renewable electricity, together with certified imports from third countries.
William Gillett, Energy Programme Director, EASAC
Even in combination with carbon capture and storage, fossil-fuel based hydrogen still has a significant carbon footprint
William Gillett, Energy Programm Director, EASAC
Labelling forest biomass as renewable has a perverse impact on the climate. Much of the biomass employed in Europe is anything but carbon neutral. Current accounting rules under the emission trading scheme let certain power plants and countries shine as climate pioneers although they actually damage the climate
Prof. Michael Norton
I’d expect this to have an impact on how we look on countries like Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Netherlands, the UK, and others who use a lot of biomass. This places challenges for such countries to reach their renewable energy targets with less climate-damaging biomass. But much more would be achieved in tackling climate change if the huge subsidies currently given to biomass could be diverted to technologies that really helped the climate,
Prof. Michael Norton
Governments need to take action beyond economic recovery packages.  They also need to create the rules and the environment to switch to an efficient and renewables-based energy system. Globally. Now.
Arthouros Zervos, President of REN21
If we do not change the entire energy system, we are deluding ourselves.
Rana Adib, Executive Director of REN21
Year after year, we report success after success in the renewable power sector. Indeed, renewable power has made fantastic progress. It beats all other fuels in growth and competitiveness.
Rana Adib, Executive Director of REN21
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